December 14, 2019 Subject:
George Houston - Pass the Boulders, Please
A middling effort - the 11th of 16 according to IMDb - in PRC's Lome Rider series starring a rather one-dimensional singing cowboy George Houston and Al St. John (Fuzzy Jones) as comic relief. Fortunately, here, both the singing, in a good baritone voice, but altogether uninspired and the comedy relief are kept to a minimum. Some people like St. John's antics - others of us feel less is more. The action is strung around an over-used plot - a land grab by a devious rich guy, here played to perfection by I. Stanford Jolley. He is aided by henchman regulars Charles King, Karl Hackett, Ken Duncan and Frank Ellis. Ted Adams takes a turn on the right side if the law as Sheriff. Cutie Marjorie Manners is the obligatory eye candy here. IMDb says that between 1941-47 she appeared in 18 movies and offers no further info on her career. The villains and Manners get this to three star level - otherwise just an average B western.
July 27, 2013 Subject:
That said, there was not enough Fuzzy in this film.
Pretty generic b-western for the period, but hey, that's not a bad thing. These films can be addicting!
March 2, 2006 Subject:
Worth Watching Once
Fair to middling oater but he does have a reasonably good baritone voice and the comic relief is not overbearing.
April 7, 2005 Subject:
The emergence of "Fuzzy" Q. Jones
An unwritten law in B-Westerns demanded that a heroine's father could never be involved in anything nefarious or illegal. If he nevertheless turned out to be -- as in "Outlaws of Boulder Pass'" Karl Hackett -- he would by necessity prove to be the girl's foster-father. This "Lone Rider" entry is one of those cheap little PRC oaters that are very hard to dislike despite less than steady camerawork, slip-shod direction and sub-par production values. George Houston, an operatic baritone, may not be everyone's idea of a cowboy hero, but he looks solid enough on a horse and his warbling is used mostly for comedic purposes. As when villainous I. Stanford Jolley's would-be romantic overtures to lovely Marjorie Manners are interrupted by a full throttle rendition of Johnny Lange & Lew Porter's "The Grass is Always Greener in Sunshine Valley." Like most of the PRC Westerns -- from "The Lone Rider" musical gallopers through the Buster Crabbe "Billy the Kids" to the "Lash" LaRue oaters -- enjoyment depends largely on your tolerance of wiry sidekick St. John, whose "Fuzzy Q. Jones" character was developed in "The Lone Rider" series (1941-1943).